April 24, 2017

How A Fake PhD Hijacked The Syria Debate

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  This article was published by the Center for American Progress Action Dr. Elizabeth O’Bagy, Syria expert, made quite an impression on Senator John McCain. During Senate hearings, the former Presidential candidate quoted at length from her recent Wall Street Journal op-ed painting a rosy picture of a mostly secular, pro-Western anti-Assad insurgency. “John, do you agree with Dr. O’Bagy’s ... Read More »

‘Biblical’ Amounts of Rainfall Slam Colorado

Flood water gushing through a street in Estes Park, Colorado, on September 12. (Photo by Kevin Beaty, Creative Commons License)

Massive, historic, “biblical” rainfall cascaded through much of Colorado Thursday (September 12), leaving three people dead and one missing as of Thursday night as a result of the flooding. Up to 8 inches of rain fell across a hundred-mile expanse of Colorado’s Front Range, causing thousands to be evacuated as local streams turned into rampaging torrents. The heavy rains returned to the ... Read More »

De Blasio Leads NYC Mayoral Primary

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  Bill de Blasio edged closer to his victory in the hotly contested Democratic primary for New York City mayoral election on Tuesday, September 10. The Public Advocate had secured 40 percent of the vote with 96 percent of the precincts reporting the results. His nearest competitor was former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson with 26 percent votes. Despite ... Read More »

Unexpected Trends in New York’s Mayoral Race

John Liu and Bill Thompson won six and five endorsements respectively from the ethnic and community media. (Photos by Brock Stoneham via Voices of NY)

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got three key newspaper endorsements – The New York Times, the Daily News and the New York Post – but her mayoral bid found little support in New York’s ethnic and community media. Frontrunner Bill de Blasio didn’t fare any better. A Voices of NY survey of 30 key community and ethnic papers on the ... Read More »

Muslim Community in Shock Over AP Revelations

Muslim worshippers coming out of Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens. (Photo by Jehangir Khattak)

Members of the Muslim community living in metropolitan New York are expressing a deep sense of shock, disbelief and anger at the latest revelations by the Associated Pressthat the New York City Police Department designated certain mosques as “terrorist organizations.” Read More »

Deserts’ Photovoltaics Promise

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In the US, a vast glittering Ivanpah solar facility will be commissioned by the end of this summer. It will produce 392 megawatt electricity, making it the largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in the world. In the desert near Abu Dhabi, Middle East’s first large CSP — Shams-I — has already been commissioned, producing 100MW of electricity. The Saudis have bigger and ambitious ... Read More »

Google Chrome’s Password Security is Absolutely Zero

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By Jehangir Khattak Google’s Chrome may be one of the most popular browser in the world, but it may have another distinction too — It is one of the most vulnerable in terms of password security as well. Google acknowledges the huge security flaw but has no plans to rectify it, reports Charles Arthur in the British daily The Guardian. The flaw, ... Read More »